A few days ago on a rainy weekend in SoCal I traveled to Laguna Beach, CA with my good friend Neil Johnson to photograph Sarah & Andrew’s engagement session. Sarah had expressed to me her incredible excitement about shooting at Aliso Beach. I love when clients are excited and have a special connection to a specific location! So we worked out the details for a fun photo-filled Sunday afternoon in May. Leading up to the day, the rainy weather was a concern. However, the “silver lining” of rainy weather just happens (ironically) to be the incredible skies when the sun finally appears: puffy dramatic clouds & amazing sunsets… which we took full advantage of!
We actually got started shooting at Heisler Park, which sits atop incredible bluffs overlooking North Laguna Beach. This was an incredibly fun, and scenic (and very popular) spot. Along this beautiful stretch of park area there were countless places and opportunities to create amazing images. Having a chance to finally shoot Andrew & Sarah was a joy too. Sarah has this energy to her that I was simply trying to capture and Andrew was simply trying to slightly contain…which made for some great moments! (see below)
From there we went over The Montage Hotel in Laguna, which sits perched above Aliso Beach. We made our way down from the hotel, through various scenic spots and out to the waters edge. The tide pools are one of the naturally occurring wonders of the area and I really wanted to capture some interesting and creative images there. The only problem was that the tide was in.. way in. However, after a few moments of chatting with Neil we decided to traverse the open seas! We made our way around the base of some rocky terrain and out to the desired area. I sloshed my way out to about waist high of rushing water to get my angle while my faithful friend Neil did a great job protecting our gear while getting bashed by waves up against some rocks! What a guy
In the end it was an incredible day full of great moments and many laughs. Please enjoy a few images below!